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English definition of “scan”


verb (LOOK)    /skæn/ (-nn-)
C2 [T] to look at something carefully , with the eyes or with a machine , in order to get information : She anxiously scanned the faces of the men leaving the train . Doug scanned the horizon for any sign of the boat .Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive C1 [I + adv/prep, T] to look through a text quickly in order to find a piece of information that you want or to get a general idea of what the text contains : I scanned through the booklet but couldn't find the address . Scan the newspaper article quickly and make a note of the main points .Reading
(Definition of scan verb (LOOK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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